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Asked May 28, 2016

OSPs: How do they store information in a server?

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What is the licensing procedure for storing informations in Server by the Other Service Providers (OSP) which comes under TRAI regulations. Secondly, I want to know about those OSP's who have taken government approval for conducting business even though they have got 100% fdi through automatic approval. Please restrict the fdi approvals to the licensing procedure. Not to that of taking government approval for transfer of share of one company to another. Basically, i need to know about the Licensing procedure on the OSP's as to how they store information in a server? Like example JUSTDIAL.

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Answer framed by Ayushi Singhal, Researcher: The Other Service Providers do not require a specific licence, though there is a registration process for them (http://www.nishithdesai.com/fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/Research%20Papers/The_Indian_Telecom_Sector.pdf, p. 15).   The form for registration is available here: http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/imagecache/3-Review%20of%20%20terms%20and%20conditions%20of%20osp.pdf. ​     The services which are included in OSP category are ​call centres, network operation centres, tele-marketing, tele-education, tele-medicine, tele-trading, e-commerce using infrastructure provided by various access providers ​(​http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/OM%20dated%20%20the%202nd%20June,%202008_1.pdf​)​.     ​The OSPs are required to take licence only for activities which are not included in this list. It appears that these activities would include storing of information on servers as well, but I could not access concrete information publicly available on this.      ​For information purposes, all other regulations are available here:http://www.dot.gov.in/carrier-services/other-services-providersincluding-bpo ​​     There is no publicly available list for OSP's who have taken government approval for conducting business even though they have got 100% fdi through automatic approval. ​   
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